Final loss still eats at Lavarnway


Final loss still eats at Lavarnway

Ryan Lavarnway had some great beginnings with the Red Sox.
He was called up to Boston on Aug. 18 and made his first big-league start that night in Kansas City as the designated hitter. Later, he started the final two games of the season, in Baltimore, at catcher with both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jason Varitek banged up. In the first of those two games, an 8-7 Sox win, Lavarnway went 2-for-4 with four RBI, recording his first two career home runs, while throwing out Adam Jones trying to steal third base.But the ending . . .
In that final game, a crushing loss that eliminated the Sox from the postseason and capped a brutal September, very little went right . . . including Lavarnways 0-for-5, leaving-nine-runners-on-base performance. Batting behind Adrian Gonzalez, Lavarnway ended three innings after the Orioles intentionally walked Gonzalez to get to him.
Its been tough for Lavarnway to sit on that game for nearly four months.It was heartbreaking because I wanted it as bad as anyone else, he said. But I look at that and deem it in the month that we had. I just try to learn from it so we never have to feel like that again.Theres definitely a feeling of business unfinished that I have in the pit of my stomach and I think a lot of the players do, and I think we just want to go back this year. Obviously I wasnt around for the five months that they were the best team in baseball, but we want to go and prove that thats really the group that we are and that last month was really a fluke.

Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots


Van Noy: 'I was shocked" to be traded from Lions to Patriots

FOXBORO -- It's not often that NFL teams make deals before the trade deadline. Seeing starters get dealt before the deadline is a veritable rarity. It's no wonder linebacker Kyle Van Noy, who started in all seven Lions games this season, reacted the way he did when he was dealt to the Patriots earlier this week.

"I was shocked to go from starting there to traded," Van Noy said during his first back-and-forth with Patriots reporters. "I was shocked. I respect everybody with the Detroit Lions, they'll all be my guys there. Just grateful for the opportunity to come here and get it going."

Van Noy has been working closely with Patriots linebackers and linebackers coach Brian Flores since his arrival, even getting some last-minute notes from Flores before meeting with reporters and heading out to Thursday's practice. 

The 6-foot-3, 243-pounder wasn't completely unfamiliar with the operation in New England before being sent to Foxboro along with a seventh-round pick in exchange for a sixth-rounder. He admitted he had "a lot" of contact with the Patriots before being taken in the second round by Detroit.  

Now he's playing "catch-up" to learn the Patriots playbook, which could include learning multiple positions within the team's defense. He played mostly as an off-the-line linebacker in Detroit, but when he entered into the league out of BYU, he was considered to have the tools to be a productive pass-rusher as a pro. 

Van Noy, who lost about 15 pounds going into this season, indicated that the Lions didn't get the most out of him because of how he was used. 

"I mean, they didn't know where to put me," he said. "Here, they want me here, and I'm happy to be wanted." 

Van Noy was injured for much of his rookie season and had a hard time making an impact last year. He was relied upon to fill a more substantial role this season, playing in 60 percent of the team's defensive snaps. It's unclear just how Van Noy will fit in as a member of the Patriots, but he says he's willing to do whatever it takes to work his way back up another depth chart.

"I'm here now, and I'm gonna do whatever they have me [do], and whatever they want my weight to be at," he said. "Whatever they want me to do I'm gonna do it because I want to win and be part of this team."

Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

In Episode 22 of "The Great American Hockey Show" podcast hosted by Joe Haggerty and Jimmy Murphy, we try to figure out if there is any light at the end of the tunnel for the Bruins with their goalie situation in a very bad place.

Former Bruin Aaron Ward joins Haggerty to talk about his appreciation for Claude Julien as a coach, entertains us with a great story on captain (and defensive partner) Zdeno Chara, and makes a bold statement on how good Brad Marchand has developed into as a player.

Plus, Ward has some insight to the injury goalie Tuukka Rask is dealing with, which he believes is a hamstring AND groin problem.

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.

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